Our Mission

Bury Church Of England High School...

...bringing the heart of God to the heart of learning.

"The Christian ethos of the school permeates every aspect of school life." (Ofsted, 2016)

A very warm welcome to Bury Church of England High School’s website where we hope you will be able to get a flavour of our school. Using the site will enable you to learn about our wide-ranging and diverse curriculum, about the departments, and life at Bury CE High School. You can also keep up to date with recent developments and learn about extra-curricular activities that pupils are encouraged to take part in.

Thank you for visiting us.

Reverend C. Watson (Headteacher)

News and Notices

School Malawi Charity – Hannah’s Home – September 2014

You may already be aware of Bury CE High School’s involvement in the setting up of a children’s home in Malawi, supporting children who could otherwise be living on the streets.

During September, we are asking students, parents and staff to donate their unwanted clothes as a way of generating finance for the home which is close to completion. Other items which can be weighed in such as sheets, towels, curtains, bags and shoes can also be collected.

We would be very grateful for your support in this venture and are asking students to bring the bags of clothes etc. from home into school on Friday 3rd October2014.

A member of staff from the school will be visiting the Bury CE High School branch of Hannah’s Children’s Home during October half term, to meet the children and see the home.

If you would like to continue collecting bags of clothes and other items throughout the year to support Hannah’s Children’s Home, the registered UK charity with which we are working will be happy to collect them from you. Please contact them directly; you can find their details and more information about Hannah’s Home by going to the ARK_website.

GCSE Results August 2014

Congratulations to the year of 2014. As a year group they have significantly improved the English Baccalaureate performance over last year; 48% of the year group have achieved this standard this year. The English Baccalaureate is a combination of a GCSE grade C or above in English, mathematics, at least two sciences, at least one language and at least either history or geography. This is an excellent performance. Well done to you all.

As has been widely forecast in the media, the school is one of those schools that has been subject to the predicted volatility and variability. One English examination seems to be bringing about unexpected results for us. Early indications suggest that the 5A*-C percentage is going to be around 56%, which is out of character for our school and does not reflect the pleasing GCSE results obtained by the year group across all subjects, with most subjects achieving in the high 60% or 70 % plus level for their GCSE grades. We will be investigating this particular examination’s results and when we are certain of the situation we will take appropriate action to address this situation.

Please find below the individual subject grade analysis for Year 10 and Year 11 GCSE results:

Year 10 Results Subject/Grade Analysis

Year 11 Results Subject/Grade Analysis

Results Day, 21st August 2014

Year 11 GCSE results will be available for collection 10am – 1pm

Year 10 GCSE results will be available for collection 11am – 1pm

Summer Concert

This year’s Summer Concert will be presented on Wednesday 3rd July with doors opening at 6.30pm. Tickets are NOW ON SALE every Wednesday lunchtime at the main reception desk. Adult tickets are priced at £5 each and Child/Concessions are £3.50 each.

Salters Chemistry Festival – June 2014

salters-chemistry-festivalOn Wednesday 11th June four year 8 pupils attended Salters Chemistry Festival at University of Manchester.

They took part in two practical challenges in the University labs, this involved identifying unknown substances and making a chemical reaction last for a set amount of time.

The pupils performed fantastically well and I would like to congratulate Matthew Westwell, Daniel Murray, Libby Davies and Leah Emery for winning 2nd place in the Salters Challenge!

Help us raise funds for the School – May 2014

easy-fundraisingThe Friends of Bury Church have obtained a relatively easy way to make funds for the school via easyfundraising.org.uk

If online shoppers are willing to use the easyfundraising website to link to their online shopping sites, this will raise funds for school at no cost to the shopper.

We encourage you to consider using this new fundraising method whenever you are shopping on any of the participating websites.

A big ‘Thank you!’ for continuing to support the school.

Click here to help raise funds for Bury Church of England High School today.

Participating retailers include: Amazon, Apple, eBay, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Marks & Spencers, ASOS, John Lewis, Debenhams, Next, Play.com, Argos and many more.

International School Visit – March 2014

lahore-pakistanIt was a great privilege to be one of a party of four from the Diocese of Manchester who were able to visit our link diocese in Lahore Pakistan this February half term. My role, as a representative of Bury Church of England High School and of the Diocesan Board of Education in Manchester, was to develop further links between the schools and education services of Manchester and Lahore. In order to do that, we visited over a dozen Diocesan school across the territory and made a special link with what is to become our new partner school, St Denys’ in the Murree hills.

The weather, sights, colours, smells, food, roads, traffic (my goodness, the traffic!) and the military checkpoints meant that you could never forget that you were in Pakistan. Especially memorable were the friendliness of the people and the warmth of their welcome.

At each of the schools and church communities we visited we were welcomed like royalty – garlanded and bedecked with flowers, welcomed by song and dance and hundreds of pressing handshakes. It was a humbling experience; we brought back with us numerous gifts, from people who are much less wealthy than us and for whom there are many pressing needs.

There is much to say about the visit and lessons we learned. To be brief, I was immensely impressed by the commitment of the staff, many of whom work in conditions that we would find impossible and with resources that we would find inadequate; I was equally impressed by the children we met, who were disciplined and determined and so keen to utilise the opportunity of an education to improve their own lot. Our partner school in Murree has an inspiring story to tell. Subjected to two separate arson attacks in recent years and severely damaged, it is rising again. The school collapsed after the second attack and had just 18 pupils for a while. Now it has grown again to over 400 and has plans to continue to develop. We are determined to become partners with St Denys’ to learn from them and to contribute to their success.

Ian Jackson Deputy Headteacher, Bury C of E High School

Helping those with dementia

help-those-with-dementiaDuring a recent ‘Flexible Friday’ activity, Year 11 pupils designed logos to be entered into a competition run by the Making Space charity. This charity helps people with dementia and the chosen design will be used by shops and organisations nationwide to show that understanding will be offered by those in the building displaying it.

The competition winner will be announced at an event in the Millgate Shopping Centre on May 22nd as part of Dementia Awareness Week. Please support our students by voting for your choice of design on the Making Space website.

Votes for Women! – School Production March 2014

tickets-school-prod-mar-13This year’s school production, Votes for Women, takes a light-hearted look at the Suffragette movement from the beginning of the last century.

If you would like to watch a performance they take place on Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th and Friday 8th March.

Tickets are available from the school hall every lunchtime.

Adult Tickets £4, child tickets £3, with adults admitted for the reduced price of £3 on Wednesday night only!

Lush visit CREST Awards pupils – January 2014

lush-visit-crestOn Tuesday 21st January pupils had a visit from Lush Cosmetics. Ten pupils had the opportunity to discuss the history of Lush, ingredients they use and how they get their ideas with Lush staff. The pupils involved are completing projects based around cosmetics for a Bronze CREST Award from The British Science Association.

Their projects involve making and testing a range of cosmetic products. As part of the workshop pupils made their own Lush bath bomb to take home. The feedback for making their own bath bomb was overwhelmingly positive, one pupil commented “I loved everything! Now I know more about Lush’s history and products”.

The workshop will be very helpful for the pupils projects and it is great to see the real-life application of what we are doing in school. Susan and Yasmin from Lush were informative and engaging – Thank you.

“I loved making our own bath bombs and the goody bags were great!”